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GOP in Pennsylvania Senate Passes Bill to Halt Plans to Toll Girard Point Bridge, 8 Other Spans – NBC10 Philadelphia (

Pennsylvania Senate Approves Bill To Halt Plans To Toll Bridges – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of Pittsburgh (

Pennsylvania Senate OKs Bill to Halt Plans to Toll Bridges | Pennsylvania News | US News

Pa. Senate passes bill to halt Wolf’s bridge tolling plans | ABC27

South Bridge tolling plan could screech to a halt –

PennDOT says proposed interstate bridge tolls ‘not permanent’ | Pennsylvania |

Senate moves new bill to keep Pa. out of RGGI without General Assembly’s OK (

As importance of broadband increases, federal, state efforts aim to bring internet to all Pennsylvanians | Pennsylvania |

‘Fairness means a lot to me’: Pa. residents make their pitch to chair Legislative redistricting panel | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. deserves a 5th redistricting commissioner who values the power of the people over the people in power | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Safety Net Organizations Ask Pennsylvania For Additional Funds | 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania Marijuana Poll Shows Highest-Ever Support For Legalization | Marijuana Moment

PA Horse Racing Roundup: Lasix Drug Ban, Derby Betting, Pony Fund (

With grants in place, North Main sidewalk project in Yardley expected to break ground in early summer; council grants permit for Carry the Load rally | Yardley Area |

Reading unveils 2-year, $10 million project to improve streets | Local News |

AIU, CMU receive $475K grant to enhance computer science instruction in Pa. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Q&A with PA State Senator Camera Bartolotta – EHN

Q&A with Pennsylvania State Senator Gene Yaw – EHN

Greenhouse gas initiative debate continues | State |

Rep. Toohil’s living donor protection legislation becomes law | Times Leader

Some push to kill off Pa. regulations halted during pandemic | Times Leader

Activists rally for education and environment | News |

Pennsylvania gov says he’ll veto ban on transgender athletes in women’s sports | TheHill

Relief pitch: Bill would give minor league teams a break with social distancing rules | News, Sports, Jobs – Altoona Mirror


Coronavirus – COVID-19


‘It’s the return of freedom’: CDC says many Americans can go outside without a mask | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Some say new CDC mask guidance has little effect, but others are staying cautious | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Social distancing indoors may provide ‘false sense of security,’ coronavirus transmission study finds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘This is a catastrophe’: In India, illness Is everywhere | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

People with intellectual disabilities are helping providers improve the vaccination experience (

Time to say goodbye to some insurers’ waivers for COVID-19 treatment fees (

How Europe Sealed a Pfizer Vaccine Deal With Texts and Calls – The New York Times (

Amish In Ohio Aren’t Getting Vaccinated Despite High COVID Infections, Deaths : Shots – Health News : NPR

West Virginia Giving $100 To Young People Who Get Vaccinated : Coronavirus Updates : NPR


Doctors say variants, vaccine hesitancy causing rise in younger Western Pa. COVID-19 patients | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Western Pa. health experts: Relaxed mask rules ‘long overdue’ |

Report: COVID hospitalizations lower than state rate in most area counties | Times Leader

State health official says third COVID-19 wave still a threat | Coronavirus |

PA report says sepsis is an accomplice in COVID-19 deaths | Coronavirus |

Blacks and Latinos in Pa. more likely to end up in hospital due to COVID-19 –

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: All three COVID-19 vaccines slated for delivery next week; state amends mask guidelines – The Morning Call (

Pennsylvania lawmakers, businesses frustrated as New Jersey loosens COVID-19 restrictions on verge of wedding season – The Morning Call (

Where are Pa. coronavirus cases rising? Here are the key numbers to watch – The Morning Call (

With an eye toward improving vaccine equity, Pa. Health Dept. rolls out expanded vaccine demographic data | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


Covid vaccine clinic held at Westmoreland courthouse |

Tarik Khan’s late-night rush to vaccinate Philadelphia’s homebound seniors was ‘not sustainable.’ Thankfully, others are stepping up. (

HIkers still cautious of COVID-19 during group walks | Coronavirus |

Letter: Getting vaccinated is the right thing to do | Letters to the Editor |

COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled for Conrad Weiser School District residents | Local News |

Allentown’s Bradbury-Sullivan LGBTQ Community Center provides comfort via pop-up vaccine clinics | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Area colleges and universities encourage vaccination for students (

Bucks County opening COVID vaccine clinics to walk-ins (

Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center closing a month earlier than planned, commissioner says | Local News |

Lancaster County Prison provides vaccine clinic for inmates, staff Tuesday | Health |



SBA to begin taking applications for restaurant relief; webinars set for Wednesday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Restaurant Revitalization Fund to begin accepting registrations/open applications | Business |

People ‘feel like life is worth living again’: Pa. biz owners look to promises, challenges post-pandemic | Wednesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

ATI changes contract proposal following expiration of offer to United Steelworkers |

As Economy Rebounds, Manufacturers Face New Hurdles – The New York Times (

Run on fun: Supply short, demand high as pandemic continues | News |

Rockefeller Group sells Lehigh Valley warehouse for $201.5 million, a local record for a single industrial building – The Morning Call (

Did emergency PPP loans work? Nearly $800 billion later, we still don’t know | WITF

Pandemic erases 16K jobs in Lancaster County, state says | Local Business |

Why Is Office Lighting So Bad? (

Pfizer puts 340-acre Collegeville campus up for sale – Philadelphia Business Journal (



State Attorney General Josh Shapiro condemns Vandergrift police officer’s conduct |

Pa. State Police resume tracking racial data during traffic stops in response to Spotlight PA report · Spotlight PA

How Pa. troopers use sweating, stuttering during traffic stops to launch vehicle searches (

Allegheny County Council creates police review board |

2 police organizations take issue with Reading Police Department’s proposed promotion changes | Local News |

Police culture, and what the Chauvin murder verdict might signal for the future | WITF

Erie sheriff candidate linked to Facebook posts attacking ‘illegal immigrants’ (



‘Better Together’? Pa. state universities face historic merger vote today | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Nearly half-a-billion dollars in debt could saddle State System plans to rescue universities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Plan to redesign Pa.-owned universities will damage education and the economy, report claims | Local News |

Franklin Regional school board primary includes 10 candidates |

Norwin High School closed because of covid cases |

Covid-19 cases prompt 2-day closure of Derry Area secondary schools |

Exeter High School will be temporarily closed due to COVID cases | Local News |

COVID cases close 13th and Union Elementary School in Reading | Education |

LCCC approves budget with no tuition or fee increase, adds shorter sessions | Times Leader

Scranton school administrators file court action to halt vote on employment agreement | News |

Judge recommends dismissal of retaliation suit against former Scranton Superintendent Alexis Kirijan | News |

Faulty HVAC may have led to 8 children contracting COVID in Penn Valley Elementary | Mainlinetimes |

Erie School District: Virtual fair scheduled with 12 HBCUs (

Talk of guns overheard by teacher leads to ‘lock-in’ at Upper Darby High School | News |

Garnet Valley temporarily moves back to virtual learning | News |



‘Center of the universe’: Pennsylvania Democrats brace for midterm battle – POLITICO

Anticipating ‘partisan’ impasse, Democrats ask court to prepare to draw Pa. congressional map · Spotlight PA

‘The first of many’: Democratic redistricting group files preemptive lawsuit in Pa. court | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania redistricting: What to watch as the state loses a seat (

Loss of House seat sets up ‘game of musical chairs’ in Pennsylvania | News |

Mail-in ballot drop box locations approved in Westmoreland County |

Bucks County adds ballot drop box, but advocates say more needed (

Chester County announces steps for May 18 Primary Election | News |

What you need to know about voting by mail in Berks County | Elections |

GOP candidate for Harrisburg mayor denounces gays on social media, awaits trial in child abuse case –

“Untimely” appeal keeps former Erie state Sen. Andrezeski off ballot (

PA1: Fitzpatrick Raises $360K in Q1 | PoliticsPA



Biden infrastructure push has Pa. progressives going big on climate change (

Earth Week cleanup draws record crowd to the banks of Lake Afton in Yardley; a longtime friend of the lake is remembered | Yardley Area |

President Biden’s climate change plan says nothing about ditching burgers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tiffin’s reusable takeout container program is Philly’s first. Here’s how it works. (

Senate to Reinstate Obama-Era Regulations on Methane – The New York Times (



Rep. Doyle requests $21 million for four Pittsburgh transportation projects | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania’s ‘Move Over’ law now in effect for motorists |

PennDOT announces traffic stoppages on Tarentum Bridge |

PennDOT: Tanker company will pay for repaving, cleanup following rollover fuel spill | News |



The Biden administration lifts the barriers to prescribing buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction (

National Institute On Drug Abuse Director On Biden’s Opioid Treatment Guidelines : NPR

Letter: Practice moderation when drinking alcohol | Letters to the Editor |


State News

President of Pa. Bar Association resigns after prostitution arrest | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Antisemitic acts in Pa., U.S. remain at high levels, ADL says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa.’s infrastructure in need of an upgrade? | Smart Talk (

MAP: How much did Pennsylvania’s population change in 2020 census and where does it rank among the states? – The Morning Call (

An ex-bookkeeper for the Delaware River waterfront agency stole $2.6M to fund her gambling and vacations, feds say (

Former DRWC bookkeeper used embezzled funds to hit casinos, go on vacations | Today in Pa. –

Pittsburgh Steelers owner Thomas Tull gave big campaign donations after PSERS invested $100 million in one of his firms (

What alcohol did Pennsylvanians buy most in the past pandemic year? |

High court hears Mahanoy Area case today | Cops and Courts |

‘Strong base’ of wild turkeys await hunters on opening day, says Pennsylvania Game Commission –

PETA offers $5,000 reward to anyone who can help solve central Pa. dog-dumping case –

Pennsylvania air pollution: See who got a failing grade in new report (


National News

Federal officials extend Real ID compliance until May 2023 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Real ID deadline extended again |

FBI starts probe into death of Black man killed by N.C. deputies | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Andrew Brown Jr. Was Shot In The Back Of His Head, Family Says, Citing Autopsy : NPR

A Supreme Court ruling on 2nd Amendment could lead to more deaths of Black people | Solomon Jones (

California Man Dies After Officers Pin Him to Ground for 5 Minutes – The New York Times (

There Is Growing Segregation In Millennial Wealth : Planet Money : NPR

Toyota has acquired Lyft’s self-driving division | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When it comes to Penn Museum on the MOVE remains, beware apologies without action (

Gas prices jumped as COVID cases decreased, but what’s to come at the pumps? | Local News |

As Arizona recount continues, both sides continue to argue in court –

Transgender youth are coming out and living in their gender much earlier than older generations | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

What to make of ‘cancel culture’ and the price of free speech? | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

California’s ‘White Gold’ Rush: Lithium In Demand Amid Surge In Electric Vehicles : NPR


Local News

Animal Protectors to offer rabies clinic but major fundraisers later in year still in limbo |

Luzerne County OKs warehouse project tax break | Times Leader

Laurel Run wall in Wilkes-Barre next on list for repair | Times Leader

Wilkes-Barre’s finances off to good start in 2021 | Times Leader

County solicitor: DA needs council approval to give raises | News |

Scranton plans demolition project to raze hazardous structures | News |

Firefighters battle brush blaze in North Scranton | News |

Carbondale council candidates hope to improve neighborhoods | Election |

Fundraising efforts for wheelchair-accessible swing off to strong start | News |

Berks teen philanthropists target racial injustice with $10,000 in grants | Berks and Beyond |

New nature preserve launches with 230 acres of Susquehanna Riverlands in York County –

Dutch Wonderland to hire 200 additional people, increase starting wages and offer extra perks –

Prom 2021 in Lehigh Valley will have COVID-19 restrictions – The Morning Call (

Lehigh county settles lawsuit over Cedarbrook resident’s death – The Morning Call (

Bethlehem historic commission rejects 10-story building that would bring affordable housing to South Side, declaring it too tall – The Morning Call (

Kolbe Cole team launches Voices PAC to foster political engagement (

Monroe County asks residents: What safety hazards impact you most? (

Derek Chauvin convictions: York rally urges community to move forward (

What York County did right before the Chauvin guilty verdicts (



Pittsburgh’s unemployment remained at 7.5% in March | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh region jobs rise in March, still behind 1 year ago |

Side Lot Side Hustle is latest spot for Pittsburgh creatives to shine and sell | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Restaurateur, baker battle anti-Asian racism, try to connect cultures with food | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

FNB announces $7 million in funding to support Hill District improvements |

How rising rents and renovations have displaced Pittsburghers and added to the city’s ongoing issues with gentrification | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (



Biden to Visit Philly on Friday | PoliticsPA

Philly ‘eds and meds’ boards slowly bringing on more women (

Homes in Philadelphia’s Black communities are consistently undervalued (

Philly’s Health Department budget shows that COVID-19 is here to stay (

Philly OKs indoor weddings and catered events, further easing coronavirus restrictions (

Philadelphia relaxes dining and event restrictions May 7 | Coronavirus |

As Philadelphia Sheriff Rochelle Bilal moves the office to online sales, City Council doubts deepen (

With homicides on the rise, Philly DA Krasner calls for more accountability from law enforcement | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Philadelphia DA candidates discuss racial bias during forum | Local News |

The Collective is raising $100 million for Black developers | Local News |

Mayor Kenney dodges endorsing Krasner’s re-election bid (



Biden speech to Congress: Start time, how to watch and stream (

Biden to pitch sweeping ‘family plan’ in speech to Congress | Hosted (

President Biden’s joint address to Congress will have smaller crowds, less fanfare | WITF

What’s in Biden’s $1.8 trillion American Families Plan? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden to propose free preschool — a $200B investment — in American Families Plan | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

White House plans massive boost to IRS enforcement | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden’s first 100 days of foreign policy deserve good grades | Trudy Rubin (

Iran nuclear talks resume in Vienna amid new complications (

Immigration groups launch $50 million effort for citizenship | Hosted (

Letter: PRO Act would give back workers their voice | Letters to the Editor |